About the Lit Up Emcee

Meet Bethany Van Delft, the 2020 Lit Up emcee!

Bethany Van Delft

Bronx-born Bethany Van Delft moved to Boston with her Marxist Dutch dad, black Puerto Rican mother and siblings, where she learned being called “zebra” did not mean she was weird but cool. At “19” she went to Paris to model, got kicked out, and ended up in Milan where she spent Sundays sitting on the ground in front of Duomo, eating gelato and speaking Spanglish with an Italian accent.

Bethany Van Delft’s “hip & grounded, laid back delivery” has earned her the honor of performing at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, SF Sketchfest, All Jane Festival, and Boston Calling, and made her a go-to opener for some of her faves such as Phoebe Robinson, Michelle Buteau, Michael Che, Rob Delaney, and Alonzo Bodden.

She produces award-winning comedy and storytelling shows in her home base of Boston. Her series "38/7%" at the Women in Comedy Festival earned sponsorship from HBO. Her monthly show, "Artisanal Comedy" was named “one of the top indie nights to check out.” The hilariously cringeworthy live storytelling show/podcast she co-produced with Nick Chambers, “Starstruck: Close Encounters of the Awkward Kind,” was awarded Boston’s Best Comedy Show. In 2019, she was named “Best Comic” by Boston Magazine and her debut comedy album, “Im Not a Llama,” dropped Dec 2019 to good reviews and an impressive number of minutes at #2 on the iTunes charts.

She is a regular host for The Moth StorySlams & GrandSlams, her own Moth mainstage story sharing her post-partem experience after her oldest child garnered 15 million views.

Bethany is a fierce advocate for her daughter who was born with down syndrome. She's completed leadership and advocacy trainings through Mass Families Organizing for Change; Interaction Institute for Social Change; and Federation for Children with Special Needs Parent Consultant Institute, which also honored her with the 2017 Patricia Blake Parent Advocacy Award, given to an individual who exemplifies the belief in the potential of all children with disabilities to achieve.

She manages to do these things while keeping her kids and husband alive, and not very unhappy. She also bakes pretty good.

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